from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A lawyer who obtains clients by persuading accident victims to sue for damages.
- n. Slang A lawyer avid for clients.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An attorney who engages in unethical behavior.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an unethical lawyer who incites accident victims to sue
The origins of this phrase date from 1897, from newspaper articles about attorneys seeking clients through targeted mail solicitation. “Ambulance chasing” was one of the descriptive phrases employed by the media for this activity. It later became a derogatory term for direct advertising. (Wiktionary)